Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Augsburg Ice Arena Reopening for Rentals; Student Workers Assist With Painting in Residence Halls

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Updates from the Facilities department this week include:

-Student workers are assisting with painting in residence halls
-Augsburg ice arena is reopening for rentals
-Current campus operational plans

For more information, follow the link below.

Teaching and Learning

Ep. 36 – How to Be a Pro Troublemaker: What It Takes to Actually Get People to Change

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Stefanie Krievins (Stefanie Krievins & Co.) explains how to go from being a troublemaker and not getting things done, to being pro troublemaker and how to actually get things done!

General Announcements

Register for Globally Focused Online Courses in Summer Session 2

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Stay connected to the world this summer. Take a Summer–Time 2 online courses in Spanish, History, or Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies with Augsburg CGEE’s instructors in Mexico or Central America.

To access these courses, simply look in Records and Registration under Summer 2020 term and the departments listed below. There is a huge variety, including some specialized courses for upper-level learners! Register for the class as usual.

Register by June 29!

WST 481 Queer History in Latin America

HIS 156: The Crisis in Nicaragua: U.S. Destabilization or a Democratic Movement?
HIS 388: Queer History in Latin America

SPA 112: Beginning Spanish II
SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare Providers
SPA 220: Business Spanish
SPA 224: Spanish for Ministry
SPA 225/325: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I and II
SPA 316: Conversations in Cultural Context
SPA 334: Contemporary Mexican Literature
SPA 335: Contemporary Latin American Women: Texts and Voices
SPA 337: Mexican Civilizations and Cultures

See summer online courses in Records & Registration

Four COVID-19 Testing Sites Open in Twin Cities

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Four testing centers opened Tuesday in the Twin Cities to test people who were part of George Floyd protests, cleanup efforts or observing the protests for COVID-19. The centers are open for three successive Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from noon to 6 p.m.

The Holy Trinity Church on East Lake Street in Minneapolis

The Sabathani Community Center on East 38th Street in Minneapolis

The New Salem Baptist Church on Bryant Avenue North in Minneapolis

The Jimmy Lee Recreation Center on Lexington Parkway in St. Paul

The testing is free and available to anyone — with or without symptoms. Health officials are urging people who may have participated in protests, cleanup and recovery efforts, vigils, neighborhood defense meetings to be tested, and asking people to make appointments for the tests through the Department of Health website.

Department of Health website

Welcome Christina Persaud, Human Resources Generalist

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The Human Resources Team is excited to welcome Christina Persaud to Augsburg as our new Human Resources Generalist. Christina’s most recent role was an HR Generalist at Greater Twin Cities United Way. Her background in Human Resources includes employee benefits and open enrollment support, employee relations, engagement survey design and administration inclusive of data collection & interpretation and action planning, performance management implementation, as well as training and facilitation. Christina received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Christina joined Augsburg University due to its diverse learning community as well as its mission and values as a higher education institution. She is excited to work with an HR team committed to the success of its faculty and students. In her spare time, Christina enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Along with the HR and Payroll team, Christina is working remotely and can be reached at Please join our team in welcoming Christina, and more information will be coming soon regarding exciting changes to the HR team to better serve the Augsburg community!

Congratulations, Amanda Erdman

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I am pleased for Amanda Erdman to announce that she has taken a new position and sad to say she will be leaving Augsburg. She has given Augsburg University 13 years of leadership, dedication, and heart. Arriving on campus in 2007, Amanda opened the Oren Gateway Center as the newest residence hall on campus and the new home of the StepUP program. She has long been a supporter of the recovery community. In her role as Director of Residence Life, she hired, trained, and worked with countless professional staff, many of whom continued in higher education providing leadership on campuses across the Midwest. As an administrator, Amanda demonstrated precision and creativity in occupancy management. Her budgeting and analysis expertise led her to accept a new position as property manager analyst. June 23 will be Amanda’s last day working at Augsburg University, but she will always be an Auggie. Please join me in thanking Amanda for her many contributions to our campus. She will be missed.

Event Announcements

Tomorrow – Racially Equitable and Responsive Recovery

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When: June 16, 2020 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $30 Suggested Donation
Level: Intermediate
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenter: Tawanna Black, Center for Economic Inclusion

Building racially inclusive and equitable workplaces has become even more complex as we are now faced with the challenge of responding to the worsening economic and health disparities created by COVID-19 in many communities throughout the country. Employers can and should play an important role in inclusive recovery efforts, but must be equipped with data informed, market responsive solutions that center people of color. Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion will facilitate this special Diversity Insights Digital Presentation sharing a framework for racially inclusive recovery for employers.

Prayer Service on June 17

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We invite the Augsburg community to a virtual prayer service led by Augsburg University’s Campus Wednesday, June 17th, to mark the anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston, South Carolina. It was on June 17, five years ago, when a young white man – who was a member of a church in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – came to the historic black church, Mother Emanuel, sat with church folks in a bible study for an hour, and then began shooting. Rev. Babette Chatman and Rev. Justin Lind-Ayres will lead a litany of confession and lament remembering these nine lives lost and the pain and heartache caused by the evils of racism and white supremacy.

Please watch for a link for the prayer service in Wednesday’s A-mail.

Keeping Track of Auggies

URGO Alumni in Public Health during COVID-19

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The global pandemic that has swept the world has put a bright spotlight on public health, an important healthcare avenue that directly affects populations across the globe. We spoke with three recent Augsburg graduates pursuing careers in this field, allowing them to shed light on their experiences and the special role public health plays in this crisis.

Read about the exciting futures of Sydney Busch ’18, Chung Lip ’18, and Hamdi Adam ’18!

2020 Augsburg Fulbright Winners

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URGO is proud to share that we have four Fulbright winners this year!

Winni Godi ’17 has received an ETA Fulbright to Rwanda.
Abdulkadir Sharif ’20 and Eh Soe Dwe ’20 each won an ETA Fulbright to Malaysia.
Natalya Arevalo ’20 was granted an ETA Fulbright to Honduras.

URGO’s history with Fulbright is a long and successful one. In February, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs listed Augsburg University among top 5 producers of Fulbright students at master’s level institution, the sixth time Augsburg was ranked on the list.

The Fulbright program offers recent graduates and graduate students opportunities for research, study, and teaching in more than 140 countries. Since 2007, Augsburg University has had 34 Fulbright students selected for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Read about our most recent Fulbright winners and the exciting work ahead of them!


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